One week on Orcas Island now. A moment's reflection. Plenty of time for reflection, actually. Comes naturally in such a place. Peace and quiet. Fresh air. Times Square [look it up.]
Orcas Island, the largest, by one square mile, of the San Juan Islands, contains under 5,000 inhabitants. Filled with pastoral valleys and hills, lakes and ponds. Topped by Mt. Constitution, the tallest mountain in the islands, our worksite.
We have seen just two of the few towns on the island. EastSound sits on the connecting point of this horseshoe shaped island. It combines the charm of a small town with the [slight] bustle of a summer tourist community. One food market plus a food coop, two local hardware stores, a bakery. Many restaurants and gift shops, tho most are probably open only in summer. Not one franchise business in the place; no fast food, no shopping center.
Olga is a tiny town. Two sentences will do.
As for our home, we have parked on the south side of this popular state park. We enjoy walking through a meadow just below our site, where several deer often graze next to the chickens our park ranger host keeps.
Two or three times per week, we drive to the top of Mt. Constitution, to work at the small Friends of Moran gift shop and information center. In the two days we have spent so far, we've seen a steady stream of visitors come through. Happy people enjoying a day hiking, biking, or just relaxing on the mountain, enjoying the spectacular views.
We can endure.
Other benefits - highs in the 60s while most of the country roasts under record setting heat. Just down the hill is the lake side swimming beach.
More pics in the future.